It's me again. So I have just completed another week here at Admissions and the rest of the Interns and myself are just getting into the groove of the place. Giving tours is still the best part of my job, though I must admit that some tours are more interesting than others. I do try to liven things up a bit, but some people are more receptive than others to my very witty jokes (in reality they may not be as witty as I like to think they are). Nevertheless, I look forward to the rest of my time here and am happy to report that I have already had one respondent to this blog. Now I know that at least one person has happened upon my blog and cares to read it. You made my day lone respondent, and I look forward to hearing from more of you as time progresses. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Life outside the Office is no less interesting to me. Having to cook for myself is quite the undertaking, I must admit. Alas, it is something I must do since Valentine Dining Hall is closed to me and my mother is far far away on that little island I call home. I have already had a go at pork and chicken, and they turned out really well. The other Interns call me the cook of the house, and I know my mother would die laughing if she heard such a title was ever distributed upon so unworthy a cook as myself. Before now my culinary skills were limited to making cereal and frying eggs and plantains. Necessity is the mother of invention, and thus the need to actually eat has made me a less pathetic cook. Now I view each foray into the kitchen as an adventure, and each departure from it with something edible, much less delicious, as an accomplishment. I have not had food poisoning yet so I must be doing something right.
I know you must not be very interested in what I do or do not eat, but I must tell you that when you have to cook for yourself it becomes a source of great concern to you. Life outside the kitchen is not nearly so interesting, I have yet to go to that pond everybody keeps talking about, nor have I been out to any place but the movies. Unfortunately, I have been spending much of my free time watching Project Runway on Youtube, instead of doing anything particularly productive. Since I just finished my second year, however, I'll give myself the rest of the month to lounge about. I will say it is my reward for surviving another year at college. After that I will read all those books I didn't have the time to read, go the places I didn't bring myself to go, and just explore the rest of the town of Amherst. Hopefully, I'll then have more interesting things to tell you about than what I have been cooking!
One thing that I have noticed from my tours is that many people are worried about a lack of things to do at a small college. I encourage you to have a look at the wealth of student organizations and clubs here on campus. There is literally something for everyone. There is no end to the number of things that will be going on at any one time here at Amherst College, or across the way at any of the other four colleges within 10 miles of us. The five college consortium will definitely give you more options than you will know what to do with. For me, attending a school like Amherst, situated so close to other schools of high academic standing, is like living in a huge house with numerous siblings to hang out with, but yet I still have my own space should I need it. It is a pretty awesome feeling knowing that there are 35, 000 college kids around to socialize with, four other colleges to explore, and no end of activities to occupy my time----that is, when i actually have it (in other words, not during finals!). That was my tour guide mode, but it's true, and it's awesome. Come check us out if you're ever in the neighborhood. Remember, I love giving tours so i'd love to have you. Bye for now.